Vegetables are the new Black – A Review of Ethos:
Nestling behind Oxford St in chi-chi Fitzrovia sits Ethos, a new vegetarian restaurant with a global outlook. Vegetables are the new black at the moment with French super-chef Alain Ducasse ditching meat in his flagship Paris joint and the international success of Yoram Ottolenghi’s food and restaurants such as London’s Granary Store and Palomar. The atmosphere is bright and stylish with groups of attractive, svelte young women coming in to graze but with better lighting it could easily make a romantic date spot for hot veggie and non-veggie couples.
With interiors built around an attractive group of birch trees, the food is laid out on a series of pods. You serve yourself and then pay by weight (the food’s-not yours)-it’s that simple. The whole ethos of Ethos is that eating meat-free should not be a hair-shirt experience and should give you a sense of being on holiday rather than in a prison made of pulses.
As well as the delicious Scotch Egg, I enjoyed Japanese miso-roasted aubergine, roasted Roscoff onions stuffed with a Romesco sauce, Lebanese green beans with roasted cherry tomatoes & a cinnamon & cumin dressing, a spicy Eritrean salad of cucumber and mangoes, and roasted beetroot & quinoa with goats’ cheese topped with soy roasted pumpkin seeds. The food was consistently freshly prepared, full of flavour and interesting textures.
48 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DX
020 3581 1538